They say that clothes make the man, and it's true for women, too! Dr. Drew's Lifechanger and Career Guru Nicole Williams says, "Your choice of clothing speaks volumes about your personality and your level of professionalism."
A black, figure-flattering suit with a punch of color says, "I am savvy and stylish." A miniskirt with stilettos says "I get around." If you don't want to send the wrong message, here are a few more items of clothing that should never leave your closet when you're getting dressed for work.
5 Things You Should Never Wear to Work:
You may love Beyonce's new fragrance, but your co-workers may not! Be mindful that many people around you might be sensitive to strong smells, so spray conservatively… one or two spritzes should be more than enough to get you through the day. You can also replace perfume with a scented lotion for a more subtle smell.
Anything Resembling Lingerie
We know you're too savvy to have a lace thong peeking out of that pinstriped suit, but even clothing that looks like an undergarment can be distracting. That lacy cami or bustier-style shirt should come out only at night… not from 9 to 5! Try pairing you tank with a cardigan or a fitted jacket to not give anyone the wrong idea.
This should go without saying, but if your office is uber casual, you might need a reminder: sweatshirts, yoga pants, track jackets, and especially spandex shorts should never see the inside of your office. We're willing to compromise on running shoes, especially if you walk to work, but exercise gear should be stowed away in your gym locker or yoga bag!
Unless you are Cher and you're working on your Las Vegas act, sequins are a definite don't for work. A patent leather belt or bag offers a bit of shimmer with a more modern, work-friendly vibe. Or use earrings to add a bit of bling for happy hour. But a sequined shirt or jacket is a little too loud for the office, so leave it at home.
That 'You Rock My World' T-shirt
Ixnay to any clothing with a message on it. Maybe you are amused by shirts that brandish a statement, but others might take offense, so save 'em for the weekend! Want to make your mark and stand out? Try adding a beaded necklace or a colorful scarf to your work outfit. Accessories can take an outfit from boring to fabulous!
Watch Maria give Dr. Drew and his audience her fashion advice and shows off a versatile skirt that can fit in any woman's ensemble:
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